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  • West Coast chill

    Newbury Park High School Key Club
    Newbury Park, California
    34.1842° N, 118.9107° W

    Rechartered in 2001
    52 members

    Despite the swank SoCal zip code (a hot spot among celebrities), many residents in the area need assistance, and this Key Club has earned a reputation for its unselfishness and enthusiasm in lending a hand. 

    Last Christmas the club adopted a local family living below the poverty line and raised US$700 for gifts and essential needs. At a Wheels to ...

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  • Mountain fever

    Centennial High School Key Club
    Calgary, Alberta
    51.0500° N, 114.0667° W

    Founded in 2012
    62 members

    Since starting two years ago, the club has quickly built up membership by recruiting through social media. 


    During its Spread the Warmth winter clothing drive, the club gathered 64 jackets to donate to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. The group also raised US$1,300 for 700 tetanus vaccinations for The Eliminate Project by organizing a bake sale, silent auction, guessing contest (with a jar of ...

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  • Southern charm

    Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club
    Albany, Georgia
    31.5822° N, 84.1656° W

    Founded in 2003
    55 members

    Because they’re part of a home schooling group, the students are all different—their backgrounds, their religions and even the curriculum they’re learning. Those differences bring fresh ideas and out-of-the-box solutions. 

    The club’s advisor is the division coordinator for The Eliminate Project. Her husband, a 19-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, had the idea to start the home school-based Key ...

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  • One direction

    Story by Jamie Moore

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re part of a tiny club in the countryside, a club of 200 members in an urban cityscape or something in between. As Key Clubbers, we’re all working to make the world a better place— starting with our own schools and communities. 

    Click on the images below to see how four clubs across North America—in places ranging from the mountains of Calgary, Alberta, to the island beaches of Oranjestad, Aruba— are fulfilling Key ...

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  • Island splash

    Colegio Arubano Key Club 
    Oranjestad, Aruba 
    12.5000° N, 69.9667° W 

    Founded in 1976
    70 members 

    Every two months the club organizes a beach cleanup. Members want to help keep the community’s beaches clean so tourists get a good impression. 

    The club hands out the school’s Best Teacher Awards each year. Students vote for their favorite teachers in various categories, and the winners receive gifts donated to Key Club. In December, club members brought snacks and gifts to a seniors home where ...

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  • The other "F" word

    Nobody likes failure. But it’s something that everyone experiences—even you. The good news: You can turn a big mistake or rejection into something better. Don’t believe us? Read how these three teens overcame the other “F” word. 

    Story by Sarah Moreland

    Illustration by Linzie Hunter
    Photos courtesy of Joyce Svitak

    Adora Svitak was confident. She had put months of work into her early admission application to Stanford University. She’d written (and rewritten) her CommonApp essay 11 times to make sure it was ...

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  • Frightfully delightful

    One Key Club turns “spooky” into life-saving money 

    Story by Danielle Karstens
    Photography by Jason Miczek 

    Vampires and werewolves typically wreak havoc rather than help (unless you’re a “Twilight” fan, of course). But for Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina, these creatures of the night joined forces with pirates and princesses to raise money for a good cause. 

    Putting a spooktacular twist on the traditional Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser, the Hickory Ridge Key Club hosted its second annual “Trunk-or-Treat” event ...

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  • Celebrate in the Circle City!

    Story by Shari Scales Finnell 

    Before you pack your bags for the 72nd Annual Key Club International Convention in Indianapolis, make a list of all the places you’ll absolutely want to visit. 

    There’s no way you’ll be bored in the city that’s home to the world’s biggest sports events, some of the best museums and— of course—the headquarters of Key Club International. Here’s a look at how you could be spending your extra time in the Circle City next summer.  ...

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  • Make happiness your project

    10 ways to add more happiness to your life

    Story by Randy Taran 

    Do you want to be happy? 

    Of course you do! Most people do. The real question is: What does happiness mean to you? Happiness means different things to everyone. Ultimately, it isn’t something that you have or you don’t. Anyone can be happy, but sometimes people forget how to get there. Here are 10 tips to tap into the happiness inside you.  ...

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  • Follow the leader

    Why our world needs leaders and followers—and where you fit in

    Story by Nicole Harris 

    Imagine you’re sitting in your school’s auditorium for a school-wide rally. The rally’s main speaker poses a question: “Do you believe you’re a leader?” If your answer is “yes,” the speaker says, “Raise your hand.” 

    What would you do? Raise your hand immediately? Look around to see if your friends were raising theirs? Or keep your hand at your side?  ...

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